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Fort Pickens Campground

Pensacola, Florida


Gulf Islands National Seashore
Pensacola, Florida 32561
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Sites: 180
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 30.32017
Longitude: -87.27329

Elevation: 10' (approx.)
Park Features
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites no
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • 55+ Only 55+ Only no
  • Kid Friendly Kid Friendly yes
  • Boondocking Boondocking no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts no
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • Group Camping Group Camping no
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
Hookups
  • Full Hookup Full Hookup no
  • Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP)
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • Public Phone Public Phone no
  • Water Water yes
  • Cable/Sat. TV Hookup Cable/Sat. TV Hookup no
Connectivity
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • ATT Cellular Provider ATT
  • Verizon Cellular Provider Verizon
  • Sprint Cellular Provider Sprint
  • T-Mobile Cellular Provider T-Mobile
Amenities
  • Restrooms Restrooms yes
  • Showers Showers yes
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities no
  • Camp Store Camp Store no
  • Pet Area Pet Area no
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar ?
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available no
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter yes
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault no
Recreation
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Playground Playground yes
  • Recreational Trails Recreational Trails yes
  • Rec Room Rec Room no
  • Casino Casino no
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Beach Beach yes
  • Biking Biking yes
  • Boating Boating no
  • Golf Golf no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Horseshoes Horseshoes no
  • Mini-Golf Mini-Golf no
  • Outdoor Courts Outdoor Courts no
  • Pickleball Pickleball ?
  • Water Access Water Access yes

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43 Reviews

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Review Count: 27
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: May, 2018 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

We Love this park being so close to the white sand beaches. The park is well kept and taken care of. Long drive at 25 mph from park entrance to the campground. All park employees we encountered were friendly and helpful. Some sites looked like they could be too tight to get a big rig into due to trees in the way. We had problems opening our slide on our 21 foot travel trailer due to a low hanging branch and had to park with the tires on one side hanging off of the pad besides at a diagonal angle. Site A 28 not made for slides. We camped at Fort Pickens Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
Loop A site 28
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: April, 2018 - $40.00
Overall Rating:

We (my wife and I) had an awesome time at Fort Pickens Campground. Our site had no shade; however, it was perfect for the low 70's and windy weather. Would definitely prefer a shadier site if in the mid 80's and up. Short drive to Langdon Beach which is on park property. Pavilion with plenty of tables and bathrooms. Unfortunately, no shower or hoses to hose sand off feet and legs. Short walk to beach from parking lot. Not crowded during the week. Saturday had more folks but nowhere near the numbers of most "public access" beaches. Bathroom/bathhouses are very clean and actually had private shower rooms. Some sites had older picnic tables while others had newer picnic tables. Sites along outer perimeter appear to have more shade. Quiet for the most part. Would prefer bigger site to allow for parking vehicle on site but "overflow" parking was close by. We have already booked our next stay in September. We camped at Fort Pickens Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
C15
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Flounders and Crabs were very good restaurants. The old fort and discovery center is a must do. Langdon Beach facilities and access were great.

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Review Count: 16
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: January, 2018 - $13.00
Overall Rating:

Our site was in Campground E, located in the same area as C & D. We received the senior pass discount and had reserved before the recent rate increase to $40/night for a site with water and electricity (non-discounted price). We always enjoy staying in Fort Pickens. There is easy access to great beaches and the historic sites are fascinating. The campgrounds themselves, unfortunately, have suffered through recent hurricanes and a good chunk of the trees and vegetation is gone, so there's not a lot of privacy in most of the sites. (Campground A is marginally better in this respect.) The restrooms and showers are clean and well-kept; hot water is variable, though. (A side note: we stayed there during sub-freezing weather. This may have affected hot water supplies.) The site lengths specified for sites on Recreation.gov are optimistic, so if you have a big rig, be careful which sites you reserve. Pros: Staff and campground hosts are very friendly. Good comfort stations. Great location. The beaches are spectacular and uncrowded. Good OTA TV, and no problem with Dish satellite reception. Cons: Camp store is closed until further notice, which means no access to laundry facilities either. Plan on at least a half hour drive to get to stores and restaurants. Campground can close on short notice if roads are in danger of becoming sand-covered. Campground roads are a bit tight, as campers tend to park a little too close to the road. We camped at Fort Pickens Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
E27
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

The Pensacola Lighthouse is a very nice historic site - you can climb the lighthouse - but it's located on Naval Station Pensacola (home of the Blue Angels) and your GPS will take you to the wrong gate. Set it for the National Naval Aviation Museum and you will go right by the lighthouse. Then visit the Aviation Museum, because it's absolutely fascinating - and free! (Be aware that you cannot take backpacks/daypacks/large bags into the museum.)

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: December, 2017 - $28.00
Overall Rating:

Beautiful campground!! Can't believe they had availability. The beaches, the views... breathtaking. Love the whole campground. You are in nature. There is a dump station right in the park so very convenient to dump before you leave, but not a hookup at your site. We camped at Fort Pickens Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Campsite Features
Fire Ring
Power Hookups
20 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

There is an offleash dog beach just outside of the park which was great since you couldn't take your dog on any of the beaches in the park. Loved the Fort... amazing

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Review Count: 27
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: July, 2017 - $13.00
Overall Rating:

This is our favorite campground. Loop A is the best of all the loops to stay in as it is the newest Loop. The Restrooms have been updated and were spotless when we used them. The Campground registration office employees were very nice and helpful. The beach is walking distance from the campsites and not crowded at all. We camped at Fort Pickens Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
A023
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Campground store is closed. If you need groceries go to Publix in Gulfbreeze.

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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: May, 2017 - $26.00
Overall Rating:

Nice park. Some spots are shady, others full sun. We were full sun. The restrooms were very well lit, but not air conditioned. It gets hot in there, but since there is no sewer hookup, we used the public restrooms. The fort area is nice and the beach is beautiful. You are not supposed to park on the grass and there was not quite room for our truck to fit fully on the pavement. We camped at Fort Pickens Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
E19
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Bring a grill. The fire ring doubles as the grill, so it is pretty low to the ground and not a huge cooking surface.

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Review Count: 13
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: April, 2017 - $13.00
Overall Rating:

The park is on an outer bank island, surrounded by magnificent fine white sand beaches. Great place to swim in the surf. On loop C the trees were trimmed OK for our very tall coach. The sites just barely fit our long wheel base 45 foot coach. But they do fit. The area behind the tires must clear the concrete tire barrier. This is a great place for bicycles. The park is large with lots to see and a bike is just right for it. The roads are paved and level. We camped at Fort Pickens Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
C41
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

To fit our 45 foot motorhome, we had to park our tow vehicle in overflow parking. The overflow parking was pretty close.

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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: March, 2017 - $26.00
Overall Rating:

Love, love, love this park. We have been here 5 times over the years. Quiet, close to pristine beaches, and family friendly. We camped at Fort Pickens Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
Loop A
Site Surface
Asphalt, Gravel, Dirt, Sand, Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open, Some Shade
Interior Roads
Tight Turns, Scraping Branches
Tips for other Campers:

The camp store was closed during spring break which was a bit of a hassle since we don't have a toad so couldn't go into town to get supplies. In spite of the draw backs this is the perfect beach campground. It is very relaxing to just sit on the gorgeous beach and watch the ocean all day long. Was not bored at all. We will definitely stay here any chance we get.

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Review Count: 1
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: March, 2017 - $13.00
Overall Rating:

We enjoyed our stay during spring break! The park was absolutely beautiful, a hidden gem! The hot water was hit or miss in the shower. Restrooms were cleaned daily. Park staff was incredibly friendlyand the spots were spacious. We camped at Fort Pickens Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
E60
Site Surface
Asphalt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
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Review Count: 27
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: March, 2017 - $13.00
Overall Rating:

Stayed 4 nights in a shady back-in site which we reserved 2 months ahead. The site was long enough for our trailer but we had to carefully park the truck horizontally. Showers were very nice. Great beach access and good bike riding. Very interesting history. We camped at Fort Pickens Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
C13
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Not big enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Easy to spend time biking, beach walking, and visiting the Fort. We would try to book the A loop in the future.

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Review Count: 13
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: February, 2017 - $26.00
Overall Rating:

Nice park, reasonably large sites, bathhouses were modern and immaculate. Electric and water are a treat in a national park. Loved the sites to see inside the park. We had a couple of issues which keep this from being s 10. First, distance to other area attractions off the peninsula is longer than we'd like. More importantly, the site lengths are challenging. We saw only a couple sites that could accommodate a 40' RV. Tree heights are not trimmed well for taller rigs. We managed to avoid tree damage because we have a lot of experience towing, but we saw several RVs with damage from the overhead trees. Loops B through E are better in this regard, but the sites are shorter and harder to back into. We camped at Fort Pickens Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
A
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Interior Roads
Scraping Branches, Obstacles
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 168
States Visited: 40
Helpful Reviews: 42

Date of Stay: January, 2017 - $13.00
Overall Rating:

This popular campground was full over the long Martin Luther King, Jr., weekend, and there was a 25 minute line to get into the park through the single entrance gate. There are 5 camping loops, and most (possibly all) have water and electric service. Sites are fairly close together, with sites on the outside of the loop a little more spacious. Location of campground is outstanding for nature or history lovers. The trails and beaches and the fort give a variety of things to do without leaving the park. There were plenty of over-the-air TV stations and our Verizon network worked well. The fee shown reflects a 50% senior pass discount. A dump station is provided in Loop A and likely other loops. We enjoy this park and will stay again when traveling in the area. We camped at Fort Pickens Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
A-32
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

The Florida National Scenic Trail passes by or through all campground loops and goes out to Fort Pickens and to southern Florida in the other direction. Bike friendly. Fort Pickens is interesting for history buffs, and the beaches and woods are excellent. Take whatever food and libations you like as there little in Pensacola Beach.

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Review Count: 8
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: December, 2016 - $18.00
Overall Rating:

Great Park, sand lots, miles of pristine beach and ocean. Sites can be hard to negotiate so make sure you review the park map before choosing a site. Hint: the corners of the loops are easier to get into with a motorhome. We camped at Fort Pickens Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
Loop A-A09
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

It is eight miles into the island stores and 12 miles with a one dollar toll into Pensacola for decent grocery shopping. Hint: buy booze before arriving as it is very expensive there.

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: October, 2016 - $26.00
Overall Rating:

The location is absolutely beautiful. Even though it was very crowded, it wasn't overly loud. Nice bike ride to Fort Pickens but quite a distance (about 5 miles) to Pensacola Beach and about 40 minutes (by car) to the mainland. We camped at Fort Pickens Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
D10
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
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Review Count: 19
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 7

Date of Stay: October, 2016 - $13.00
Overall Rating:

Nice campground with great access to beaches, nature trails, and of course Fort Pickens. Biking and hiking opportunities are abundant. The beaches are fantastic. There are numerous birds to see; such as, pelicans, egrets, herons, gulls, etc.

Be careful when selecting your site, because some sites are tight to get into from the access roads within the campground. We camped at Fort Pickens Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
C033
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Located at the entrance to Pensacola's harbor, you will see many boats of all shapes and sizes. Across from the fort, you have a great view of the Pensacola Lighthouse.

If you are into military aircraft, this is the place to be. Across the harbor is Pensacola Naval Air Station, which provides an excellent vantage point to watch the Blue Angels (this is their home base) on the days they're flying. Also, you will see Navy trainers and other military aircraft flying.

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